History Film / TheWickerMan

12th Feb '17 11:18:59 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AffablyEvil: Lord Summerisle. Possibly subverted. It's never clear whether Summerisle genuinely believes the religion of his island, or is just playing along to keep his subjects in line. If the former, he may genuinely believe the sacrifice is necessary for the harvest. And he tries to soothe his intended sacrifice:

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* AffablyEvil: Lord Summerisle. Possibly subverted. It's never clear whether Summerisle genuinely actually believes the religion of his island, or is just playing along to keep his subjects in line. If the former, he may genuinely believe the sacrifice is necessary for the harvest. And he tries to soothe his intended sacrifice:



* LoopingLines: Scottish jazz singer Annie Ross was brought in to dub not only Britt Ekland's singing voice, but almost all of her dialogue as well.



%% * MyCarHatesMe: His hydroplane breaks down.

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%% * MyCarHatesMe: His Howie's hydroplane breaks down.down, aborting his attempt to go back and get more officers.
12th Feb '17 11:08:48 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AffablyEvil: Lord Summerisle. Possibly subverted. It's never clear whether Summerisle believes the religion of his island, or is just playing along to keep his subjects in line. If the former, he may genuinely believe the sacrifice is necessary for the harvest. And he tries to soothe his intended sacrifice:

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* AffablyEvil: Lord Summerisle. Possibly subverted. It's never clear whether Summerisle genuinely believes the religion of his island, or is just playing along to keep his subjects in line. If the former, he may genuinely believe the sacrifice is necessary for the harvest. And he tries to soothe his intended sacrifice:
10th Feb '17 11:35:33 AM Berrenta
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* DistinctionWithoutADifference: [[spoiler:"Now you can wrap it up any way you like, but you are about to commit ''murder.''"]]



* NoExceptYes: [[spoiler:"Now you can wrap it up any way you like, but you are about to commit ''murder.''"]]
21st Dec '16 2:57:23 PM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted with Howie. It actually becomes a plot point.



* UnexpectedVirgin: Howie. It actually becomes a plot point.



* AManIsNotAVirgin: Played straight: the virgin aspect was removed due to [=LaBute=] considering the notion of Cage playing a virgin ridiculous. They gave his character an allergy to bees instead. Not quite the same.


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* UnexpectedVirgin: Subverted. The virgin aspect was removed due to [=LaBute=] considering the notion of Cage playing a virgin ridiculous. They gave his character an allergy to bees instead. Not quite the same.
21st Dec '16 6:58:44 AM NightShade96
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Two films; there are tropes for both on this page. Robin Hardy's original film was made in 1973 with Creator/ChristopherLee as Lord Summerisle and Creator/EdwardWoodward as Sergeant Howie. It's a sort of suspense/horror/folk musical. Neil [=LaBute=] remade it (much change from the original however) in 2006 with Creator/NicolasCage.

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Two films; there are tropes for both on this page. Robin Hardy's original film was made in 1973 with Creator/ChristopherLee as Lord Summerisle and Creator/EdwardWoodward as Sergeant Howie. It's a sort of suspense/horror/folk musical. Neil [=LaBute=] remade it (much change (it was very different from the original however) original, though) in 2006 with Creator/NicolasCage.
21st Dec '16 6:57:57 AM NightShade96
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To sum it up it in the nicest terms possible: The original is generally considered to be an influential CultClassic within the horror film genre, and the remake is mostly viewed as inferior, and is probably better remembered for its moments of [[{{Narm}} unintentional]] [[Creator/NicolasCage funniness]] than for being scary.

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To sum it up it in the nicest terms possible: The original is generally considered to be an influential CultClassic within the horror film genre, and the remake is mostly viewed as inferior, and is probably better remembered for its moments of [[{{Narm}} unintentional]] [[Creator/NicolasCage funniness]] hilarity]] than for actually being scary.
28th Nov '16 3:52:44 PM crl85
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* PottyFailure: Edward Woodward and Robin Hardy were urinated on by a frightened goat sitting in the chamber above them in the wicker man while filming the climax.
5th Nov '16 5:54:05 AM ProbableCod
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Music/IronMaiden Your time will come, your time will come...]]]]
19th Oct '16 9:01:09 PM Angeldeb82
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Two films; there are tropes for both on this page. Robin Hardy's original film was made in 1973 with Creator/ChristopherLee as Lord Summerisle and Creator/EdwardWoodward as Sergeant Howie. It's a sort of suspense/horror/folk musical. Neil [=LaBute=] remade it (much change from the original however) in 2006 with NicolasCage.

To sum it up it in the nicest terms possible: The original is generally considered to be an influential CultClassic within the horror film genre, and the remake is mostly viewed as inferior, and is probably better remembered for its moments of [[{{Narm}} unintentional]] [[NicolasCage funniness]] than for being scary.

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Two films; there are tropes for both on this page. Robin Hardy's original film was made in 1973 with Creator/ChristopherLee as Lord Summerisle and Creator/EdwardWoodward as Sergeant Howie. It's a sort of suspense/horror/folk musical. Neil [=LaBute=] remade it (much change from the original however) in 2006 with NicolasCage.Creator/NicolasCage.

To sum it up it in the nicest terms possible: The original is generally considered to be an influential CultClassic within the horror film genre, and the remake is mostly viewed as inferior, and is probably better remembered for its moments of [[{{Narm}} unintentional]] [[NicolasCage [[Creator/NicolasCage funniness]] than for being scary.



** And then there's Christopher Lee and Diane Cilento dueting ''The Tinker of Rye'', an absolutely filthy song about a tinker [[UnusualEuphemism fixing a woman's kettle]]. The fact that they are both in full evening dress, and Lee is playing the melody for the song on a grand piano [[{{Bathos}} just add to the hilarity.]]

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** And then there's Christopher Lee and Diane Cilento dueting ''The Tinker of Rye'', an absolutely filthy song about a tinker [[UnusualEuphemism fixing a woman's kettle]]. The fact that they are both in full evening dress, and Lee is playing the melody for the song on a grand piano [[{{Bathos}} just add to the hilarity.]]hilarity]].



* BookEnds: The Final Cut begins and ends with an religious ceremony (and Howie [[spoiler:sings "The Lord's My Shepherd" at both of them)]].
* ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt: Howie doesn't believe in sex before marriage, and is therefore still a virgin. Willow does her best to seduce him [[spoiler: and fails, though Howie is literally trembling with desire.]]

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* BookEnds: The Final Cut begins and ends with an religious ceremony (and Howie [[spoiler:sings "The Lord's My Shepherd" at both of them)]].
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* ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt: Howie doesn't believe in sex before marriage, and is therefore still a virgin. Willow does her best to seduce him [[spoiler: and fails, though Howie is literally trembling with desire.]]desire]].



* CreepyCrossdresser: Lord Summerisle dresses as a woman for the May Day parade.



* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:The movie has Howie [[FaceDeathWithDignity die with dignity.]] The novelization by [[WordOfGod the director and writer of the original film]] actually has him die being a badass: actually freeing a flock of birds from the Wicker Man's arm ''as it's burning'', because he feels that, as long as he saves ''some'' sort of life, his police mission will have not been completely in vain.]]

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:The movie has Howie [[FaceDeathWithDignity die with dignity.]] dignity]]. The novelization by [[WordOfGod the director and writer of the original film]] actually has him die being a badass: actually freeing a flock of birds from the Wicker Man's arm ''as it's burning'', because he feels that, as long as he saves ''some'' sort of life, his police mission will have not been completely in vain.]]



* HumanSacrifice: The islanders sincerely believe that [[spoiler:[[HumanResources Howie's death will revitalise their crops]].]]

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* HumanSacrifice: The islanders sincerely believe that [[spoiler:[[HumanResources Howie's death will revitalise their crops]].]]crops]]]].



* {{Jerkass}}: Lord Summerisle, the island inhabitants, and some of Howie's co-workers from the original version's beginning and even Howie himself to an extent. Despite his [[AffablyEvil affability]], Lord Summerisle probably reigns supreme in this category; as the co-workers are minor, the inhabitants genuinely devout, and Howie at least genuinely wants to do the right thing. Summerisle has no real excuse.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Lord Summerisle, the island inhabitants, and some of Howie's co-workers from the original version's beginning and even Howie himself to an extent. Despite his [[AffablyEvil affability]], {{affab|lyEvil}}ility, Lord Summerisle probably reigns supreme in this category; as the co-workers are minor, the inhabitants genuinely devout, and Howie at least genuinely wants to do the right thing. Summerisle has no real excuse.



** Despite the island being somewhere off the coast of Scotland, Lord Summerisle speaks with [[Creator/ChristopherLee Christopher Lee's]] normal Received Pronunciation accent. Although being a member of the aristocracy, he was probably privately educated and had elocution lessons.

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** Despite the island being somewhere off the coast of Scotland, Lord Summerisle speaks with [[Creator/ChristopherLee Christopher Lee's]] Creator/ChristopherLee's normal Received Pronunciation accent. Although being a member of the aristocracy, he was probably privately educated and had elocution lessons.



** Christopher Lee has a nicely subtle one when [[spoiler:Howie points out that if his own death doesn't help the next harvest, the villagers will likely conclude that only Summerisle himself will be a large enough sacrifice to satisfy their gods.]]

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** Christopher Lee has a nicely subtle one when [[spoiler:Howie points out that if his own death doesn't help the next harvest, the villagers will likely conclude that only Summerisle himself will be a large enough sacrifice to satisfy their gods.]]gods]].



* {{Troll}}: Starting with the letter, the people of Summerisle subject Howie to an amazingly thorough bout of trolling. They clearly know all of his [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]] and push them at exactly the right moments.

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* {{Troll}}: Starting with the letter, the people of Summerisle subject Howie to an amazingly thorough bout of trolling. They clearly know all of his [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]] {{Berserk Button}}s and push them at exactly the right moments.



* VillainousCrossdresser: Lord Summerisle dresses as a woman for the May Day parade.



* ChewingTheScenery: NicolasCage, '''all the time'''.

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* ChewingTheScenery: NicolasCage, Creator/NicolasCage, '''all the time'''.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Edward is set-up by his ex-girlfriend and her daughter, and gets sacrificed inside a giant wicker man in flames]].

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Edward is set-up by his ex-girlfriend and her daughter, and gets sacrificed inside a giant wicker man in flames]].flames.]]



* LargeHam: NicolasCage. One can easily suspect he [[HamAndCheese knew how awful the film was and overacted on purpose.]]

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* LargeHam: NicolasCage. One can easily suspect he [[HamAndCheese knew how awful the film was and overacted on purpose.]]purpose]].



* PlotAllergy: Most of the story takes place on an island famous for beekeeping and Edward happens to have a bee allergy. [[TooDumbToLive He doesn't appear to bring any medicine or backup with him to prepare for this]].

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* PlotAllergy: Most of the story takes place on an island famous for beekeeping and Edward happens to have a bee allergy. [[TooDumbToLive He doesn't appear to bring any medicine or backup with him to prepare for this]].this.]]
15th Oct '16 8:21:49 PM Fireblood
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* LukeYouAreMyFather: Willow reveals to Malus that yes, Rowan is his daughter, after he gets suspicious. The islanders apparently believe it was necessary to have a sacrifice with a blood connection to one of their people.
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